Drag queen Sasha Velour burst onto the national scene as the stunning season nine champion of the Emmy Award-winning program RuPaul’s Drag Race. Success followed as celebs swarmed her hit drag show Nightgowns, and her producer and director credentials, popular publications, and social media following continued to grow. But before all that, she was already beloved right here in Champaign-Urbana where her father teaches at the university and a young Sasha made her drag debut at C-Street. Smoke & Mirrors, Velour’s first one-queen show, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of your eyes (to name just a few). But the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top.
Velour’s visit, a CAS/MillerComm2020 series event, is part of the University of Illinois campuswide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the beginning of the LGBTQ community civil rights movement, and the Spurlock Museum’s exhibit of drag costumes entitled In Her Closet: How to Make a Drag Queen, which opens on Saturday, September 14.
Saturday, September 14 - 8:00 PM
See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.